Location: Toronto, Ontario
Lindsay Vrckovnik is an emerging artist from Canada whose passion is evident by her photography, drawings, and paintings. She defines moods and evokes emotion through her use of color and composition, while depicting personal portraits that lend themselves to the feminine interior. Aside from that, she's totally one of the sweetest gals ever. Want to see more? (Duh) Keep on reading. xx
DAUGHTER RUNS: How do you feel photography portrays your perspective on your environment compared to drawing and painting?
LINDSAY: Photography challenges me to create an image and message using materials around me, contrary to my illustrations and paintings when my images are often very animated, distorted, and/or unrealistic. Photography is a very new medium for me, and a very unfamiliar one at that. However, being able to capture the environment around me or attempting to create a sort of morphed reality through my photographs, similar to my drawings, is something i’ve come to really enjoy. Although I am still learning, my photos have become a pretty essential part of my portfolio and extension of my creativity.
DAUGHTER RUNS: What do you lend most credit to when creating?
LINDSAY: Most of my inspiration comes from my environment, and the people i’m surrounded by. Nothing inspires me more than being in a creative environment, or seeing someone engaging in something they’re passionate about (thus why NYC is the dream ahhh). A lot of my work is inspired by the mystery of strangers and their stories. I consider all of my portraits strangers because none of them are inspired by myself or people i know, but rather emotions and stories i create through examining people and places unknown to me. Enigmas, i guess.
DAUGHTER RUNS: Your work employs some very distinct color palettes, do you feel that they demonstrate the overall tones in your work?
LINDSAY: The color palette that appears consecutively in my work is mainly evident simply because they are the most appealing to me and my personal taste. However, I also strive to keep the messages and feelings behind my works relatively subtle, so i think the pale colors i usually work with help implement that.
DAUGHTER RUNS: Who do you continuously find yourself looking to for inspiration?
LINDSAY: Like I mentioned in question 2, strangers fascinate and inspire me immensely, i could people watch for hours. Next to that, i’d say the personalities i surround myself with. Chances are if i spend a lot of time with someone, they inspire me a lot, everyone for different reasons. I find it interesting to see how other people handle and react to things, because depending on my own feelings for inspiration can get pretty draining and repetitive, and it’s nice to get out of my own head when I'm creating.
DAUGHTER RUNS: There seems to be a recurring theme of distorted women in your work, where does this fascination come from?
LINDSAY: I hate to sound very cliche Petra Collins/ Tavi Gevinson and the whole Rookie ‘feminist art’ movement, but no one represents young women better than young women themselves. So really, I'm just sticking to what I know. I think females are very complex beings that are too often dumbed down in the average representation that society delivers of us. So I like my work to focus on that complexity and depth of feeling rather than their physical attractiveness.
DAUGHTER RUNS: In the photographs of the girl in the bath, there seems to be this uncomfortable, suffocating mood. What was the motivation and intent behind these images?
LINDSAY: The suffocation vibe is pretty accurate, but the nudity is to represent vulnerability more than seduction. I wanted the overall series of photos to epitomize feelings of anxiety and isolation, and i guess being alone and naked and submerged in water is what best got that message across for me. (lol).
DAUGHTER RUNS: Do you think environment plays a large role in creativity and ambition?
LINDSAY: I guess I touched upon this a bit earlier, but definitely. Every artist produces unique work because we are all surrounded by unique circumstances and environments, which i believe is always reflected in who we are as artists and what we want to voice through our work.
DAUGHTER RUNS: What is the last film you watched?
LINDSAY: I just watched The Royal Tenenbaums by Wes Anderson for my film studies class! (The Needle in the Hay scene is a beautiful must see).
DAUGHTER RUNS: Favorite album right now?
LINDSAY: Impossible for me to pick just one, but recently i’ve been revisiting two of my all time favorites, Trouble Will Find Me by The National and Channel Orange by Frank Ocean.
DAUGHTER RUNS: What is the best meal you’ve discovered within the past month?
LINDSAY: Kudos to NYC because I was there for 4 days last week and discovered Artichoke Basille’s Pizza (their classic artichoke pizza is probably one of the best things i’ve ever tasted), and Brazilia cafe’s acai bowls. I’m pretty passionately crazy about both.
DAUGHTER RUNS: What does “Daughter Runs” mean to you?
LINDSAY: I started talking to Samantha and Madde through the Parsons class of ’19 Facebook page, which consists of a bunch of kids with pretty similar, equally wild dreams. So to me, it means finding ourselves through creativity and what we’re passionate about, and the decently frightening journey ahead of us while doing so. Hooray for leaving everything behind for New York!
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